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Minnesota Barn Wedding from Sweet Shibui Photography

When Sweet Shibui Photography sent us this gorgeous Minnesota barn wedding we knew it was the perfect fit! We adore all of the DIY projects the bride and groom completed to make their day perfect. From the fun floral designs to the crafty decor, each and every aspect was hand crafted to fit their personalities and relationship. We adore their “Cocktail Bar in a Jar” idea and the fun activities they had for their guests to enjoy. With their spunky fashions and the The Red Barn Farm as the backdrop, their day proved to be incredibly beautiful. Heck, you know we love a barnyard wedding… this proves why. Sidenote: we love hearing from our grooms, read below to hear how the groom described his wedding day… it is the sweetest. 

Photography: Sweet Shibui Photography // Ceremony and reception location: The Red Barn Farm, Northfield, MN // DJ: Brady Horn // Catering: The Red Barn Farm // All decorations, flowers and extras were done by the bride, groom, their families and wedding party

From the Groom:  I got up early to be ready and on time for our wedding. Once getting to The Red Barn we waited around and wondered where everybody was. My soon-to-be brother-in-law made a phone call to Samantha only to find out the girls were all stranded as the keys got locked in the car while they were getting their hair done. Go figure, we all thought, Sam was late to her own wedding!! It made us all laugh and set the mood for a carefree, go-with-it kind of day.

When the time came, I was moved to an isolated spot behind the barn to wait to see my bride for the first time. When she tapped on my shoulder and I turned around, I was stunned by how beautiful she looked. She literally took my breath away.

The night before I was debating what I should do to get my father-in-law to pass Sam on to me. A hug? A handshake? I thought I should go for the surprise and kiss him right on the lips. All that went out the window when I tried to hug him, because instead of returning the hug, he pretended to choke me! Laughingly, he released his death grip and planted a big fat kiss on my cheek and gave me a hug. I escorted Sam to the altar and we began the ceremony. We wanted Devin to be party of the ceremony and he definitely helped us both relax and enjoy the day.

Some of our favorite memories of the day were when Devin gave the order for me to kiss his mom after the officiant announced us husband and wife. Also, during the reception, our dads surprised us and sang a great rendition of “I got you babe”. Our best man and matron of honor speeches were touching and hilarious. It was so great to wrap up the night with all our closest friends and family lighting floating lanterns into the sky. The weather could not have been more perfect if we ordered it ourselves; it was the most perfect day!




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